Our mission

The Association for the Rights of Household Workers (ADDPD/ARHW) is a non-profit community organization founded in 1975 and incorporated in 1977. Our mission is to ensure that the work done in private households is recognized, respected and valued. Through research, training and policy interventions, the ARHW supports the rights of household workers in Quebec and in Canada.

Canada relies heavily on (im)migrant workers to perform work in private households, therefore the ARHW believes that securing fair and decent work conditions for household workers cannot be achieved without deep-seated reforms to Canada’s immigration policies and regulations.

THE RIGHT TO FREELY CHANGE EMPLOYERS FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD WORKERS

Under the current Caregiver Programs, and programs for domestic workers employed by diplomats and foreign nationals, individuals may be employed as household workers in Canada but are prohibited from working in the country for any other employer. All (im)migrant household workers must be admitted under open work permits in order to exercise their fundamental rights and employment rights in Canada.

THE RIGHT TO FAMILY UNITY FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD WORKERS

Under the current Caregiver Programs, and programs for domestic workers employed by diplomats and foreign nationals, individuals may be employed as household workers in Canada but are not able to obtain study or work permits for their children and/or partner. All immigration programs for household workers should respect the fundamental right to family unity, essential for the mental health and psychological well-being of these workers.

THE RIGHT TO INDEPENDENT ACCESS TO PERMANENT STATUS UPON ARRIVAL FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD WORKERS

Under the current Caregiver Programs, and programs for domestic workers employed by diplomats and foreign nationals, individuals may be employed as household workers in Canada but are temporarily or permanently excluded from access to permanent legal status. All (im)migrant household workers must be granted access to permanent legal status upon arrival so that they can have meaningful access to justice in Canada.

THE EFFECTIVE REGULATION OF RECRUITMENT AND PLACEMENT AGENCIES  

Fraud committed by recruitment/placement agencies, both abroad and within Canada, greatly contributes to the exploitation and abuse of household workers. The regulation of these agencies falls entirely under provincial jurisdiction. Provincial governments should better regulate and supervise these agencies.

BETTER PROTECTION FOR HOUSEHOLD WORKERS

Household workers are a unique group who do not have protection under Québec’s health and safety plan. The Association, as members of the Coalition “CSST for Domestic Workers” insist that ALL household workers should be automatically protected in case of a work accident and/or employment illness. They should enjoy the protection granted to all workers in Quebec under the Act respecting industrial accidents and occupational diseases (AIAOD).